Vladimir Dinets

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Vladimir Dinets
Vladimir Dinets with a skull of a black caiman, Puerto Francisco de Orellana, Ecuador.
Born Moscow, Russia
Residence United States
Fields Zoology
Conservation Biology
Behavioral Ecology
Institutions University of Tennessee
Louisiana State University
Alma mater MIREA
University of Miami
Doctoral advisor Steven Green

Vladimir Dinets is a zoologist and author, known for his studies of Crocodilian behavior and of numerous rare animals in remote parts of the world, as well as for popular writings in Russian and English.


Dinets was interested in zoology from an early age, and was a winner of all-USSR Student Biology Olympics at Moscow State University.[1] However, due to his Jewish ancestry, he was unofficially banned from entering that university,[2] and obtained a master's degree in biological engineering from Moscow State Institute of Radio-engineering Electronics and Automation. In 1997 Dinets emigrated to the United States, and in 2011 obtained a Ph.D from University of Miami (adviser Steven Green).[3] Dinets maintains a popular bilingual blog on LiveJournal, and a website with a number of illustrated essays on biology, conservation and travel.



  • In 1993-1997 Dinets wrote a number of books about travel that remain popular in Russia.[24]
  • Volumes of Encyclopedia of Russian Nature series, Actual Biology Fund, 26,000 copies published:[25] A. Beme, A. Cherenkov, V. Dinets, V. Flint. Birds of Russia (1995); V. Dinets, E. Rotshild. Mammals of Russia (1997); V. Dinets, E. Rotshild. Domestic Animals, 1998.
  • J. Newell (ed.) The Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for Conservation and Development.[26] Daniel & Daniel Publishers (2004).
  • V. Dinets. Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations [27] Arcade Publishing (2013).
  • V. Dinets. Finding Mammals. (Peterson Field Guides series). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2015).[4]
  • G. Burghardt, V. Dinets, S. M. Doody. Reptile Social Behavior. In press, Johns Hopkins University Press.[4]
  • V. Dinets. Wildlife Spectacles. In press, Timber Press[4]


  1. ^ Archive of Moscow State University student biological olympics (in Russian)
  2. ^ Dinets, V. Farewell, My Empire! AVP, Moscow, 1998, 220 pp. (in Russian)
  3. ^ http://scholarlyrepository.miami.edu/oa_dissertations/570/
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Vladimir Dinets CV
  5. ^ Dinets, V. Winter ecology of willow and rock ptarmigans at the northern limit of their range. Ornitologia 29: 326-327 (in Russian with English summary)
  6. ^ Chasing butterfly poachers
  7. ^ Dinets, V. Shadows around a lamp. Arguments and Facts, December 19, 2001 (in Russian)
  8. ^ Rodents of the Plains
  9. ^ Dinets, V. First Photo of a Bay Cat in the Wild. IUCN/SSC Cat News 38: 5.
  10. ^ Dinets, V. Observations of the woolly flying squirrel Eupetaurus cinereus in Pakistan. Mammalia 75(3): 277-280.
  11. ^ Dinets, V. Nocturnal behavior of American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) in the wild during the mating season. Herpetological Bulletin 111: 4-11.
  12. ^ Dinets, V. Effects of aquatic habitat continuity on signal composition in crocodilians. Animal Behavior 82(2): 191-201.
  13. ^ Dinets, V. The role of Habitat in Crocodilian Communication
  14. ^ Dinets, V. Coordination and collaboration in cooperatively hunting crocodilians. Ethology Ecology & Evolution DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2014.915432.
  15. ^ Dinets, V., Brueggen, J. & Brueggen, J. Crocodilians use tools for hunting. Ethology Ecology & Evolution. 27: 74-78
  16. ^ [Animal Behavior & Cognition 2: 49-55]
  17. ^ Dinets, V. Tracking the mystery animal. Vokrug Sveta 2012(2) (in Russian)
  18. ^ Dinets, V. Crane dances as play behavior. Ibis 155: 424-425
  19. ^ Dinets, V. Predation on amphibians and reptiles by reintroduced whooping cranes (Grus americana) in Louisiana. American Midland Naturalist 175:135-138
  20. ^ Burghardt GM, Dinets V & Murphy JB. 2014. Highly repetitive object play in a cichlid fish (Tropheus duboisi). Ethology DOI: 10.1111/eth.12312
  21. ^ Dinets, V. Can interrupting cultural transmission be beneficial? The Condor 117:624-628
  22. ^ Dinets, V. Trogloxeny in Caucasian parsley frog, Pelodytes caucasicus. Herpetological Review 133:31-32
  23. ^ Dinets, V., Samaš, P., Croston, R., Grim, T., Hauber, M. E. Predicting the responses of native songbirds to trans-oceanic invasions by brood parasites. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:244-251
  24. ^ Academy of Free Travel (in Russian)
  25. ^ ABF books catalog (in Russian)
  26. ^ J. Newell (ed.) The Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for Conservation and Development. ISBN 978-1880284759
  27. ^ V. Dinets Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations. ISBN 978-1611458930

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